HomeSportLIVE: Manchester-city-v-burnley 1 : 0 Sport LIVE: Manchester-city-v-burnley 1 : 0 Smash October 21, 2017 KEY EVENTS 57′ A. Barnes Yellow Card 52′ J. Cork Yellow Card 44′ Fernandinho Yellow Card 30′ S. Agüero Penalty Goal 29′ J. Tarkowski Yellow Card 0 2 1 3 More STATS POSSESSION 75%25% 3 1 SHOTS OFF TARGET SHOTS ON TARGET60 TOTAL PASSES448150 More 62′ Walker raids down the right flank and he fires a low ball across the face of goal. There’s no one in the middle, but Aguero meets the bal in the left inside channel, only to miss his kick. 59′ Burnley are not backing down from the challenge this afternoon and just need one opening to get back into the game. A. Barnes Yellow Card 57′ Barnes goes into the book for catching Otamendi with a flailing arm. 56′ WIDE! Silva is allowed to raid to the edge of the box before shooting at goal, but his effort drifts wide of the post. 55′ City have lost all their rhythm in the second half. They weren’t at their best in the first period and it could be down to their exploits of the week taking their toll. 53′ The Clarets continue to apply pressure down the right flank and Brady whips the ball into the box, but his delivery just sails over the head of Barnes. J. Cork Yellow Card 52′ Cork goes into the book for dissent. 51′ PENALTY SHOUT! Burnley go up for a penalty against City as Delph clears the ball off his own hand, but the referee is unsighted. It was a hard decision for the official to give there. 49′ Sane goes on the surge down the left inside channel, but slips at the vital moment as tries to cross into the box. 48′ Burnley have made a decent start to the second half, but have not manage to test Ederson yet. 46′ We’re back underway at the Etihad Stadium. The players are back out for the second half, so we should be underway shortly. Manchester City lead 1-0 at the break against Burnley thanks to Sergio Aguero’s effort from the penalty spot. The home side have not been at ther fluent best, but have still forced Nick Pope into action to keep the Clarets in the game. City have been solid at the back other than one mistake by Kevin De Bruyne in possession. Pep Guardiola’s men have huge incentive to win this match with the news that Manchester United are losing 2-0 away to Huddersfield Town. That could give City a five-point lead at the top of the table this evening. HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 BURNLEY 45′ + 3′ The referee blows the half-time whistle. 45′ + 2′ SAVE & BLOCK! City are denied a second by great last-ditching defending from Pope and Tarkowski. Aguero is played into the left inside channel and he fires at goal low with his left foot. The keeper makes a good save with his foot before Bernardo latches on to the rebound. He shoots first time at goal, only to be denied by the body or arm of Tarkowski. The defender did have his arm raised, but the ball went so quickly he could not do a lot about it. 45′ There will be three minutes of added time. Fernandinho Yellow Card 44′ Fernandinho wipes out Brady on a surge down the left flank and he goes into the book. 43′ SAVE! City break forward and De Bruyne slides the ball into the right inside channel for Aguero to strike, but Pope makes a good save with his legs. 43′ Brady swings the ball into the box from the resulting corner and Mee heads at goal, but he smashes his effort straight at Ward. The flag is up anyway for a foul against Hendrick. 42′ BLOCK! De Bruyne gves the ball away on the edge of the box and Barnes and Arfield combine to shoot, but the latter’s effort is diverted over by the Belgian covering back from his mistake. 40′ Aguero caught Mee with his trailing arm unintentionally, forcing the defender off for a second to clean himself up. 39′ WIDE! Aguero bursts through Mee’s challenge and lines up a strike from the edge of the box, only to fire wide of the post. 37′ A long clearance from Walker has Pope in trouble as he comes miles off his line to clear. Lowton gets there before to head away, leaving his keeper in no-man’s land. Fortunately Ward is alert to punt the ball back downfield. 36′ This has not been free-flowing City of recent weeks as their movement and passing has been off slightly in the final third. 35′ Brady gets the chance to whip a cross into the box for the first time of the match, but Ederson comes through a crowd of players to punch the ball clear. The offside flag was up anyway against Hendrick as he moved a fraction too early. 32′ City now have license to push forward in the final third. Burnley are resilient so don’t expect them to fold, despite conceding. S. Agüero Penalty Goal 30′ GOALLLLLLLLL!!!! AGUERO CONVERTS! The Argentine puts City ahead as he holds his composure from the spot, firing into the bottom corner. Aguero is now Manchester City’s joint-highest goalscorer of all time alongside Eric Brook with 177 competitive goals. J. Tarkowski Yellow Card 29′ Tarkowski is booked for his part in the melee. L. Sané Yellow Card 29′ Sane is booked for a shove on a Burnley player after the decision. 28′ PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY! Pope brings down Bernardo in the box and the referee points to the spot. De Bruyne found space in the Burnley box with a late run, but was denied by the Burnley keeper. However, in Pope’s attempt to gather he tripped Bernardo on the rebound. 26′ City have been in full flow from their off in their recent victories. However, they’re being forced to be patient this afternoon. Burnley are defending the space well on the edge of their own box. 24′ Silva is starting to find space in the final third and he’s beginning to extend his influence over the contest. 23′ SAVE! Pope makes a fine reaction save on the line to deny Bernardo the opening goal. For the first time in the game Sane got free down the left inside channel to latch onto Silva’s pass. He put the ball across to the penalty spot, but the Portuguese’s effort was well saved by the Burnley keeper. 21′ City are struggling for fluency in the final third in the opening quarter of the match. They’ve not been able to get behind the visitors. A. Barnes C. Wood 20′ Wood walks off to be replaced by Barnes. There’s no Sam Vokes on the bench today for Burnley. 19′ Maybe not as Wood hits the ground again. Barnes is ready to come to replace the forward. A blow for the Clarets. 17′ Wood took a knock after breaking free of Wlaker and Otamendi, but he’s fine to continue after treatment. 15′ CHANCE! Wood latches on to a long ball forward and gets the better of Walker and Otamendi, but the ball just escapes ahead of him, allowing Ederson to come off his line to gather. He doesn’t make a clean claim and Hendrick tries to steal it away, only for the referee to blow for a foul on the keeper. 14′ BLOCK! De Bruyne catches out the Burnley backline by playing his corner deep to Delph. He lines up a strike from distance, but it is deflected wide of the post by Cork. 13′ Delph tries to swing the ball deep into the box, but Mee is there to rise above Aguero to head the ball clear of danger. 11′ City have made slow start with their passing game and have not been able to penetrate deep into the Burnley half of the field. 9′ Walker tries to dissect the Burnley defence with a deep throughball, but his pass goes straight through to Pope. 7′ Bernardo works the ball back to De Bruyne on the edge of the box and he goes for the strike on his left foot, but Pope makes a comfortable save. 6′ Bernardo picks out the run of Sane on the edge of the box, but the German cannot take the ball in stride and the visitors surround him to quell the opening. 4′ Aguero loses out to Brady on the left flank, but the Argentine runs back with the Burnley midfielder to regain possession. 2′ Silva has space down the left and he whips the ball into the box, but Pope gathers the ball with ease. 1′ We’re underway at the Etihad Stadium. The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shorly. FLASHBACK! Manchester City needed a strong performance to defeat Burnley in this fixture last season. Fernandinho was dismissed in the first half, but goals from Gael Clichy and Aguero edged Guardiola’s men to victory, despite an effort from Ben Mee. Burnley are unchanged from their draw against West Ham last week. Wood continues to the lead the line, supported by Hendrick in an advanced position in front of the four-man midfield, although opportunities to push forward will be limited today. City have made two changes from their win over Napoli during the week. Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero return to the fold to replace Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, with both players dropping to the bench this afternoon. Burnley subs: Taylor, Barnes, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Lindegaard, Bardsley, Long. BURNLEY (4-5-1): Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady; Wood. City subs: Bravo, Danilo, Sterling, Gundogan, Mangala, Jesus, Toure. CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, Bernardo. The team news has been announced and we’ll start with the home side. The Clarets are unbeaten since their defeat at the hands of West Brom in the second week of the campaign, winning two and drawing four of their last six matches. They needed a late strike from Chris Wood to claim a point against 10-man West Ham last week, highlighting their resilience. However, they’ll need a special performance this afternoon to keep their run alive. Burnley have been resilient this season and are continuing to perform brilliantly under Sean Dyche, so much so the manager is courting attention from other clubs. He has reaffired his commitment to the cause at Turf Moor, with his side currently in eighth place in the table. They needed a penalty miss during the week to continue their winning run in the Champions League against Napoli. Although City played impressive football to take a 2-0 lead, they did need Dries Mertens to miss from the spot, which proved to be costly for the Italian side. Amadou Diawara did score from 12 yards in the second half, but City displayed resilience to hold out for three points. City are in imperious form in the Premier League having won their last six matches on the spin. Pep Guardiola’s men put seven goals past Stoke City last time out and will be keen to maintain their dominance at the top of the table. Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. 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